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War of Streets and Houses


by Sophie Yanow

An American artist witnesses the Quebec spring 2012 student strike on the streets of Montreal. The brutal police response and their violent tactics trigger an exploration of urban planning and its hidden connections to military strategies. Marshal Bugeaud’s urban warfare tactics in Algeria, Haussmann’s plan for Paris, planning and repression in the New World; theory and personal experience collide into an ambitious and poetic cartoon memoir.

Uncivilized Books
ISBN: 9780984681488
SKU: 9780984681488 Categories: , , Product ID: 80202


2015 Doug Wright Spotlight Award Nomination

Ignatz Award Nomination for Outstanding Graphic Novel

The War of Streets & Houses is named after General Thomas Bugeaud’s 19th century essay; the first manual for the preparation and conduct of urban warfare. The text greatly influenced Baron Haussmann’s famous re-development of Paris, and the planning of modern cities. In 2012 the author participated in the massive Montreal student strikes. In the midst of protesting crowds and police kettles, the military origins of urban planning suddenly became an undeniable reality. Sophie Yanow’s most ambitious work to date deftly melds the history of urban planning, theories of control with personal experiences of political activism.

Sophie Yanow is an artist and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her latest book is The Contradictions, the webcomic of which won an Eisner Award and was nominated for the Ringo and Harvey Awards. Yanow is also the author of What Is a Glacier? and War of Streets and Houses. Her comics have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, Fusion, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Nib. She has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and her translation of Dominique Goblet’s Pretending Is Lying received the Scott Moncrieff prize for translation from French. Yanow has taught at the Center for Cartoon Studies, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and the Animation Workshop in Denmark.

60 page paperback
Uncivilized Books, 2014

Additional information

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 7.5 × 5.25 × .25 in